Monday, July 17, 2017

Miley has renewed focus for Worlds

For Hannah Miley it may well be a fifth World Championships of a career spanning more than a decade but the 27-year-old goes into the event in Budapest with renewed energy and belief.

It was in the same city in 2006 when Miley made her senior international debut, at a European Championships, yet 11 years on and the Aberdeen-based swimmer possesses the same drive and determination she always has.

Rather than take a break after last summer’s Olympic Games, Miley was straight back into the water and used her training to rediscover the “love” for the sport that has inspired her to multiple international medals including a World Championship silver in 2011.

“I’m going into Budapest with the confidence of knowing that I still love what I do, it’s my job, and regardless of the outcome, I’ll still come away happy,” said Miley.

“In the past I’ve focused on the outcome rather than the process. I’ve had to sit and reflect on it quite a lot. My focus now isn’t all about the medals, there is more to it than that and that is what I’ve shifted.”

Miley’s decision to get back into the water so soon after the Olympics is one that paid has dividends, and, with a new mind set in place, Miley heads to the World Championships with renewed  confidence.

While many of her fellow competitors called a day on their international careers in the aftermath of the Rio Games, retirement was never an option for Miley.

“I used to focus so much on being on the podium, and having those medals, but I put so much pressure on myself that I lost my spark for swimming,” said Miley.

“Post-Rio, I really had to change that so I did a lot of swimming on my own. There was no coach there, no teammates there, and I just got to ‘play’ in the water – I really regained my love for the sport.

“I’m looking forward to competing at the Worlds and lining up on those blocks relaxed and with a smile on my face.”

Hannah will gather with her team mates this week in Edinburgh for a camp designed to finalise preparations while reinforcing the team dynamic.

The British Swimming team of 27 will base themselves at the Royal Commonwealth Pool for four days before travelling on to Budapest.

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The British Swimming team will compete at the FINA World Championships from 23-30 July 2017. The team comprises:

Freya Anderson

Ellesmere College Titans

Charlotte Atkinson

Loughborough University

Georgia Davies

Loughborough University

Kathleen Dawson

University of Stirling

Nick Grainger

City of Sheffield Swim Squad

Luke Greenbank

National Centre, Loughborough

James Guy

National Centre Bath

Holly Hibbott

Stockport Metro

Calum Jarvis

National Centre Bath

Daniel Jervis

City of Swansea Aquatics

Max Litchfield

City of Sheffield Swim Squad

Hannah Miley

University of Aberdeen

Stephen Milne

Perth City  Swim Club

Ross Murdoch

University of Stirling

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor

National Centre Bath

Adam Peaty

National Centre Loughborough

Ben Proud

Plymouth Leander

Molly Renshaw

National Centre Loughborough

Rosie Rudin

City of Sheffield Swim Squad

Duncan Scott

University of Stirling

Mark Szaranek

Edinburgh University/Florida

Alys Thomas

City of Swansea Aquatics

Jocelyn Ulyett

Loughborough University

Sarah Vasey

National Centre Loughborough

Chris Walker-Hebborn

National Centre Bath

James Wilby

National Centre Loughborough

Abbie Wood

National Centre Loughborough


Article courtesy of British Swimming